Quilt Bee Schedule in 2017-2018
- Cutting Bee – October 2017 (Date to be confirmed.) – 1-4 pm – Superior High School
- Quilt Bee – Saturday, January 27, 2018 – 10 am-4 pm – Oliver Road Community Centre
We look forward to having a productive day at our charity quilt bee this year. If you can’t make it for the whole day, you are welcome to join us for part of the day. We always need help with pressing, trimming and more pressing. If you can’t bring your sewing machine, there will be tasks to help with (like pressing) and we encourage you to join us.
If you are coming to a Quilt Bee please plan to bring your sewing machine, sewing notions, thread, and a covered coffee mug. Please bring a power bar and extension cord for your sewing machine if you have them. You may need your rotary cutter and ruler to trim half square triangles, make strips or trim blocks. If you are coming to a Cutting Bee, please bring your ruler, rotary cutter and if possible, bring a mat.
The Quilt Bee organizing committee gladly accepts donations of quilting cotton. If you are de-stashing (yes, that is a new word) and find a pile that you don’t want to look at any more, please consider donating it to the Quilt Bee Committee for use in donation quilt kits. Any donation is greatly appreciated and will be turned into beautiful quilts.
Anyone who has comfort quilts from Bees last year (or the year before…) please let me know when you turn them into the Comfort Quilt Committee at the meetings so I can mark your name off the list of quilts that are out being completed. No rush.
If you are interested in completing a quilt or making a quilt top, please see me at meetings as I will have kits with me at meetings.
Placemats for our Community – *NEW* Patterns
Seventy-four beautiful placemats were donated at our November meeting – a record number! Congratulations, ladies. Due to the pot luck and other activities, we will not be distributing kits at this meeting, but we will still collect completed placemats. Check with us in the new year if you want additional kits at that time. In the meantime, have wonderful holidays!
The Guild continues to supply clients of local Meals on Wheels with placemats. Recommended size is approximately 12” x 18”, so that they are large enough to hold a place setting. Your donation placemats can be dropped off at any guild meeting. You may use any pattern that you wish.
Here are some new links to patterns for placemats:
- Turn on the Charm Placemats link
- Charm Placemats link
- Diagonal Slice Placemat Pattern (pdf)
- Diamond in the Centre Placemat Pattern (pdf)
- Oh My Placemat Pattern (pdf)
- ON POINT PLACEMATS Pattern (pdf)
- Rail Fence Placemat Pattern (pdf)
- Strips and Stones Placemat Pattern (pdf)
- TOPSY TURVY PLACEMAT Pattern (pdf)
If you need some more inspirations click here to view some beautiful placemats on Flickr. at https://www.flickr.com/photos/thunderbayquiltersguild/
*Try one of these patterns and donate the placemat.
Doris and Judy
Christmas Cheer Teddy Bears
Congratulations, we did it! We beat last year’s total of 216 by 41 for a total of 257 stuffed animals and dolls with their quilts, pillowcases, sleeping bags and tote bags that were donated to the Christmas Cheer Fund.
The Teddy Bear Committee has decided to take over programming for the February Guild meeting and we thought this would be a good way to get you started on your teddy bear quilt for next November. For the February 2018 meeting you need to bring a pair of scissors and 1 metre of fabric. Since this will be for a child it would be nice to bring a primary colour or children’s fabric. We will be in groups of 5-6 (depending on how many people plan on participating) so if you like, you could get together with your friends and choose coordinating fabric. You will start with a metre of fabric and go home with a metre of assorted fabrics. There will be more explanation at Guild and at the February meeting. See you there.
Every year the Thunder Bay Quilters Guild contribute to the Christmas Cheer fund by making quilts, pillowcases or sleeping bags for teddy bears or other stuffed animals. These are collected at the November Guild meeting. They can be handed in earlier if members know that they will not be at the November meeting. Please remember to take the price tags off the teddy bear and do not put labels on the quilts. These quilts and stuffies are from Santa.
If you choose to make a quilt please make sure that it is large enough to wrap your stuffed animal up like a baby swaddled in its quilt. It doesn’t have to be fancy piecing; if you have a nice piece of children’s fabric that you would hate to cut up then sandwich it and quilt it. Last year we handed in 152 and I am hoping that we can beat that number this year.
Thank you to anyone who is bringing a bear in, it is so nice to see the tables at the CLE overflowing with teddy bears.
Thank you, Peggy
There were 2 comfort quilts and 12 squares turned in at the December meeting.
You can make any quilt square and then sandwich it with cotton or cotton/poly batting and a backing fabric to make a quilted square that should measure a minimum of 12.5 inches (so start with a 14 inch piece for backing and batting). Don’t trim your blocks as they may fray so blocks should be trimmed just prior to making the quilt tops. Almost any colours can be used but we recommend using a neutral backing and would like colours that will appeal to both males and females.
If you are making any quilt(s) for donation, the recommended sizes are given here. Also, see Pat or Florence for a Quilt Guild Label. A label is to be sewn onto the quilt – typically on the back bottom right side. Also remember that these quilts are washed frequently so stitching be every 4 to 6 inches. Thanks
If you have suggestions for worthy locations. We would need to know the potential use, number, appropriate size(s) and description of the recipients (ie. male and female seniors) along with the name of the location and contact information. This information helps the Committee to prioritize where to take the quilts locally.
In 2071-2018 we are launching a new project for next year called “Hope House”. We will be looking to donate bed and crib quilts for each room when they rebuild the facility after the fire.
See a listing of all the places we have delivered quilt to – click here.
A special project
The Donor Appreciation event and unveiling of the Recognition Wall at St. Joseph’s Hospital Hospice was held on Monday, November 18th at 7 pm. Shirley Aussant and Carol Forneri attended to represent the Thunder Bay Quilt Guild and all the members who helped create the 46 hospice quilts delivered. The remaining quilts were taken to the Hospice on Friday, November 15th. Photos will be posted on the website.
Over the past 20 years, the Thunder Bay Quilters Guild has donated 2200 comfort quilts to many different places. These quilts have always been greatly appreciated and recognized for their quality and the love and care involved in making them. In 2012/13, 118 quilts were donated, all cotton and made from kits, woof strips, leftovers etc. Thank you Quilters for your generous hearts making kits, organizing and attending Bees, working at home etc.
- Hospice Bed . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .. 63” x 80”
- Neo Natal . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 36” x 36”
- Crib . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 34-36” x 48”
- Wheel Chair . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 36” x 48”
- Nap Quilt . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 40” x 55-60”
Here is a list of the organizations we have delivered these quilts to:
- St Joseph Hospice
- St. Joseph Hospital (rehab)
- George Jeffrey Children’s Place
- Faye Peterson Shelter
- Pinewood Court
- Dawson Court
- Hogarth Riverview
- Pioneer Ridge
- Lakehead Manor (former Versa Care)
- Thunder Bay Interim Long Term Care (closed, last donation June 2012)
- Roseview Manor
- Thunder Bay Regional Hospital – Cancer Care
- Thunder Bay Regional Hospital – Paediatrics
If you have suggestions for other locations, please provide the Comfort Quilt Committee a contact and location information (so the size and needs can be determined). The focus should be on sites where the quilts will remain and be used multiple times. Thanks for your support.
Pet Bed Donations – Thunder Bay Humane Society
Pictured left to right: Diane Chase, Thunder Bay Quilters Guild, Shelley Eyolfson and Patti Dunfield of the Thunder Bay and District Humane Society.
The Thunder Bay Quilters Guild presented the Thunder Bay and District Humane Society with over thirty animal beds made by Guild members. The Guild hopes that these soft and cozy beds will give some comfort to animals in care. We will continue to supply beds to the Humane Society as they need them.
Orlando Heart Quilts
In June 2016, we announced that we would be collecting some blocks for the Orlando Modern Quilt Guild’s “Quilts for Pulse” campaign, to bring some comfort to the survivors and victim’s families of the Pulse Nightclub shooting. Thank you to all the guild members who brought in blocks. We received 71 heart blocks and 6 rainbow slabs, enough to make 3 quilts! Thanks especially to Adrienne Lopes who quilted them all, and Laura Cooke who took them down to Orlando with her and delivered them in person! Here is a link to the Orlando MQG’s blog post of that meeting.
Read about the arrival of our quilts in the Orlando Quilt Guild’s newsletter at http://theorlandomodernquiltguild.blogspot.ca/2016/08/meeting-minutes-wednesday-august-3-2016.html
Quilt Bees –What is a Quilt Bee you ask?
One of the things this Guild has become known for is its generosity and community service projects. As a Guild, we get together for 2 days each the Fall and Spring to do an intensive Quilt Bee. This is not your bee from years ago with little old ladies sitting around doing hand work. There are heaps of fabric donated by members, lots of machines (many computerized) and lots of eager quilters doing some of the latest techniques. Quilts are cut using rotary cutters and accurate rulers. There are also some people who get together as small groups and do mini bees. From these bees we produce on average 125-150 quilts per year.
The idea behind the Guild’s Quilt Bee is to set a time and place where members can get together and create some quilt tops for the purpose of donating what we have made to the Senior’s Homes, Hospital, Hospice centre and the Neonatal unit, and at the same time having a great time socializing with the other members 2 of the Guild and getting to know each other. The great success of each year’s Bee is that it brings out a record number of members, and shows what beautiful quilts can be created when we work together. And the side benefit is that we had a lot of fun. We have on hand supplies and equipment, such as Cutting Mats, Irons, Ironing Boards, Rotary Cutters and Blades, Extension Cords, Batting, Fabric, and a number of Kits. The Kits we have are all “pre-cut” according to the pattern, and in most instances the backing, batting, and binding are all included. The only thing you need to bring is your sewing machine, neutral threads (as some machines are fussy), rulers and whatever supplies of your own you wish to use, such as your own rotary cutter and ruler. You may also want to bring along a lunch or a snack depending on how long you intend on staying. Your own closed travel mug will also be helpful in preventing spills. We will also be supplying some snacks, and of course Coffee and Tea. This year, we hope to get some of these kits made up into at least quilt tops. The pre-cutting saves time in that it allows us to get to the sewing much faster. We have tried to keep the patterns on the less complicated side, so we can hone in on those ¼ inch seams, and piecing skills. There will be members from the Bee Committee on hand to help anyone that may be unsure or runs into any problems. If you, on the other hand, want to be a team leader, and have your own idea of a quilt top you want to make, go for it. We have fabric you can pick out and take to the Bee, and I am sure there will be members who are willing to be part of that project.
A reminder, you do not have to quilt the quilt top yourself, if you do not wish to do so. There have been some members who have thought they have to pay themselves to have the quilt tops quilted. This is not so. There are a number of Guild members who are very generous in donating their time to do just that. Also, don’t worry about getting a quilt top pieced together. If you can’t finish it, no matter what stage you are at, just bring it back, and we will get someone to finish it up. We appreciate any time you put in with getting these quilts done.